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Tennessean politics reporter Joel Ebert and state politics reporter Natalie Allison host this Tennessee politics and policy podcast. Hear from candidates, constituents and other reporters as they dive in and analyze issues voters need to know.

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Tennessean politics reporter Joel Ebert and state politics reporter Natalie Allison host this Tennessee politics and policy podcast. Hear from candidates, constituents and other reporters as they dive in and analyze issues voters need to know.

    Black lawmakers plead for Forrest bust removal; Senate passes budget ahead of House

    Black lawmakers plead for Forrest bust removal; Senate passes budget ahead of House

    Sorry for the delay on this week's episode. With furloughs this week and next, the next episode may be out later than usual.

    This week on the podcast, we talk about how national questions and conversations about racism have undoubtedly erupted at the Tennessee legislature, and how black legislators say they're feeling about a lack of progress on racism.

    The episode also includes a brief overview of the Senate's budget, which the House has returned this week to finally put to a vote.

    • 20 min
    Tennessee eyes RNC and the governor releases a new budget proposal

    Tennessee eyes RNC and the governor releases a new budget proposal

    Last week, state Republican lawmakers and party officials quickly seized on reports of Nashville being under consideration to host the upcoming Republican National Convention.

    Also last week, Gov. Bill Lee's administration presented lawmakers with their latest budget recommendation, which seeks to eliminate pay raises proposed earlier this year while creating a new state employee buyout program. 

    • 14 min
    Protests erupt throughout Tennessee ahead of lawmakers' official return

    Protests erupt throughout Tennessee ahead of lawmakers' official return

    Joel and Natalie discuss the unrest that has ensnared America this week after police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis. Violence erupted in Nashville Saturday after a peaceful rally, leading to businesses being damaged and a small fire being set at city hall. They also discuss the return of Tennessee lawmakers.

    • 20 min
    Lawmakers return and examining a congressman's stock trades

    Lawmakers return and examining a congressman's stock trades

    On this episode, you'll hear from Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, and Rep. Ron Gant, Rossville.

    In separate interviews, both lawmakers give a preview of the work the legislature will face in the days ahead as Tennessee lawmakers come back in Nashville this week for the first time since March. They'll face decisions on how to make cuts to the state budget while considering a host of different bills. 

    • 37 min
    Coronavirus in Tennessee: An update in uncertain times

    Coronavirus in Tennessee: An update in uncertain times

    Joel and Natalie provide an update to the ever-changing coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping through the country.

    Due to social distancing protocol at the Tennessean's office, as well as furloughs announced by Gannett, new episodes of the podcast will be sporadic. We will not be able to commit to a once-a-week format as is usual, but we promise to bring you the updates when we can. Thank you for your understanding.

    • 14 min
    Recovery continues after deadly tornadoes and coronavirus comes to Tennessee

    Recovery continues after deadly tornadoes and coronavirus comes to Tennessee

    On this episode, Anita Wadhwani discusses being out in Putnam County in the days after Middle Tennessee was decimated by tornadoes, and healthcare reporter Brett Kelman provides an update on coronavirus in Tennessee.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

1Lsudokufan ,

If you enjoy state politics this podcast is invaluable

Seriously, I’ve told all my state-minded friends on all sides of the political aisles to listen to this podcast. The interviews are great too. Keep up the great work!

B. Rascon ,

Fantastic Summary of Tennessee Political News

I live abroad and have a relatively difficult time keeping up with Tennessee politics. A friend of mine recommended this podcast and it has been a hit! I can keep up with the big political issues from my beloved home state and I feel much more informed of Tennessee’s politicians’ views due to the quality interviews done on the podcast. This is a MUST for any Tennesseean looking for a quick and entertaining way to stay abreast of state politics.

DKraeg ,

Very informative.

Like listening to this to get a summary review of what’s going on at the state level. Love the new edition of historical stories. The 1979 coup! Oh my.

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